They provoked Him to anger at the waters of Meribah,
So that it went hard with Moses on their account;
Because they were rebellious against His Spirit,
Moses spoke recklessly with his lips.
They did not destroy the [pagan] peoples [in Canaan],
As the LORD commanded them,
But they mingled with the [idolatrous] nations
And learned their ways,
And served their idols,
Which became a [dreadful] snare to them (Psalms 106:32-36).
The “waters of Meribah” refers to the time when the people cried out for water and Moses was told, “speak to the rock”. Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses said “must we bring water out from the rock” and then hit the rock. After hitting the rock, water flowed from it and the people’s thirst was quenched (Numbers 20:1-13). While this may seem to be a silly qualm and it would completely unnecessary for having Moses die before the entrance to the land, consider the implication – this act elevated Moses in the sight of the people instead of the LORD G_d. Unfortunately, the people didn’t learn anything from the incident and would continue to be disobedient after entering Canaan. Discipline says, “you may not agree with me but trust me I will not mislead you.” For this reason when we are delivered from whatever hell hole we were in, it is up to us to either listen to the LORD or stay where we were.
As I come before you today, I pray that my eyes and ears be open to what you have to say to me. Each time we are delivered from a situation and we go back to it, the length of time we deal with the situation becomes longer. Help me to be obedient in that I do. I pray for my Law Enforcement officers, EMTs, military, family, friends, that you will be with them wherever they are. I pray for those who are ill and dealing with crisis situations. Into your hands, I commit my day.